Valheim: Magic and How it Works (Mistlands Update)

Here's everything you need to know about magic, magic items, and how magic works in the Valheim Mistlands update.
Valheim: How Magic Works (Mistlands)
Screenshot: Gamer Digest/Valheim

Players aspiring to become Viking battlemages can finally rejoice, as Valheim’s Mistlands update is now available, introducing several new items, a new zone, and, what we’re most excited about, magic! In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about magic, magical items, and how Eitr works in Valheim.

In this guide, we’ll discuss the following topics:

Types of Magic

There are now two types of magic in Valheim: Elemental Magic and Blood Magic. The Elemental Magic skill affects damage and Eitr usage when using Elemental Magic. The Blood Magic skill affects your character’s Eitr, damage, and health drain when using Blood Magic. The types of magic you use depend on the magic weapon you use. Dead raiser is a new item that uses Blood Magic, and the Staff of Embers, Staff of Frost, and Staff of Protection use Elemental Magic. 

Eitr

These new magic items require something called Eitr to use, which is Valheim’s version of mana. In Norse mythology, Eitr is the source of all living things, and the first giant, Ymir, was created from it. In Valheim, though, it’s basically the substance used for anything magic-related. Your Eitr shows up as a purple bar above your Stamina bar.

Valheim Eitr meter
Eitr bar

To get Eitr, you need to build up your Eitr essence by eating special food containing Eitr.

These are the foods in Valheim containing Eitr:

  • Yggdrasil porridge (80 Eitr) – 4 Sap, 3 Barley, 2 Royal Jelly
  • Uncooked Magically Stuffed Mushroom – 3 Magecap, 1 Blood Clot, 2 Turnip
  • Stuffed Mushroom (75 Eitr) – Uncooked Magically Stuffed Mushroom
  • Magecap (25 Eitr) – Pickable
  • Mead base: Minor Eitr (125 Eitr) – 10 Honey, 5 Sap, 2 Jotun puffs, 5 Magecap

Refined Eitr

To make magical items in Valheim, you will need a material called Refined Eitr. It’s a long process to craft it, but here’s the shortened version:

  1. Obtain a Dvergr Extractor and Craft a Sap Extractor.
  2. Extract Sap from an Ancient Root.
  3. Chop down Yggdrasil Trees to get Yggdrasil Wood.
  4. Create an Eitr Refinery and refine the Eitr.

For the sake of brevity, we’ll refer you to our guides on how to get Sap and how to get Refined Eitr. These go into a little more detail in case you’re confused.

Valheim: Eitr refinery
Refining Eitr

Magic Items in Valheim

Now for the exciting part: crafting the new staves. The magic items in Valheim require the Galdr Table. The Galdr table is where players can craft staves, the Eitr-weave set, and the Feather Cape. To upgrade the Galdr Table, you will need to craft the Rune Table. Here are the recipes for both:

  • Galdr table recipe: 20 Yggdrasil Wood, 10 Black Metal, 5 Black Core, 5 Refined Eitr
  • Rune table recipe: 10 Black Marble, 5 Yggdrasil Wood, 10 Refined Eitr

The Eitr-weave set is a must-have for magic users, as it offers an Eitr regeneration bonus passive. The Feather cape is also very good, as it grants -100% Fall damage and a Slow Fall passive, allowing you to glide.

Valheim Galdr table
Galdr table

Staff of Frost

A staff as cold as the three-year winter that will herald the end of times.

To unlock the Staff of Frost recipe, you must obtain Refined Eitr.

Required materials: 20 Yggdrasil Wood, 4 Freeze Gland, 15 Refined Eitr

  • Weight: 0.3
  • Durability: 200
  • Frost: 30
  • Use Eitr: 5
  • Block armor: 48
  • Block force: 50
  • Parry bonus: 2x
  • Knockback: 10
  • Movement speed: -10%
Valheim Staff of Frost
Staff of Frost

Staff of Embers

The sweltering heat of Muspelheim seems almost pathetic when compared to what this staff can do…

To unlock the Staff of Embers recipe, you must obtain Refined Eitr.

Required materials: 20 Yggdrasil Wood, 4 Surtling Core, 15 Refined Eitr

  • Weight: 0.3
  • Durability: 200
  • Blunt: 120
  • Fire: 120
  • Use Eitr: 35
  • Block armor: 48
  • Block force: 20
  • Parry bonus: 2x
  • Knockback: 100
  • Movement speed: -10%
Valheim Staff of Embers
Staff of Embers

Staff of Protection

For a slight blood offering, it will protect the caster in a magical shell.

To unlock the Staff of Protection recipe, you must find the Blood Clot item.

Required materials: 20 Yggdrasil Wood, 4 Blood Clot, 15 Refined Eitr

  • Weight: 0.3
  • Durability: 200
  • Use Eitr: 60
  • Use Health: 40%
  • Block armor: 48
  • Block force: 20
  • Parry bonus: 2x
  • Movement Speed: -5%
  • Special: Magic Barrier – A magical shield that absorbs damage for 60 seconds (200 damage absorption)
Valheim Staff of Protection
Staff of Protection

Dead Raiser

Sacrifice a bit of blood to raise the dead. Upgrade the skull to spawn multiple skeletons, and increase your blood magic to make them stronger.

To unlock the Dead Raiser recipe, you must obtain Refined Eitr.

Required materials: 20 Yggdrasil Wood, 10 Bone Fragments, 15 Refined Eitr, 1 Rancid Remains Trophy

  • Two-handed
  • Weight: 0.3
  • Durability: 200
  • Use Eitr: 100
  • Use Health: 40%
  • Block armor: 48
  • Block force: 0
  • Parry bonus: 1.5x
  • Movement speed: -5%
Valheim Dead raiser
Dead raiser

Eitr-weave Set

To unlock the Eitr-weave set recipes, you must obtain Refined Eitr and Scale Hide.

The Eitr-weave set contains the following items:

  • Eitr-weave robe: +40% Eitr regeneration
  • Eitr-weave trousers: +40% Eitr regeneration
  • Eitr-weave hood: +20% Eitr regeneration
Valheim: Eitr-weave set appearance
Eitr-weave Set

That’s about everything you need to know to use magic in Valheim. It’s an incredibly fun update, and we hope our guide outlined everything and cleared up any questions you may have had. For more guides and walkthroughs, check out our Valheim section.

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